Tag Archives: Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

” […] Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,

which is mostly standing still and learning to be

– Mary Oliver, from “Messenger” (Thirst)

Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Li-Young Lee, William Stafford and Eavan Boland

“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

by Mary Oliver

“Little Father”
by Li-Young Lee

“Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron”
by William Stafford

by Eavan Boland

White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field

White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field
Mary Oliver
Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings – five feet apart –

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Mary Oliver’s ‘The Uses of Sorrow’

“Someone I loved gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.”

– Mary Oliver, “The Uses of Sorrow”

When Death Comes

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

– Mary Oliver, “When Death Comes”

from New and Selected Poems
Read “When Death Comes”.
Mary Oliver’s website.
Read about Mary Oliver at poets.org.
Read about Mary Oliver at Modern American Poetry.